The Department for the Empowerment of the Differently Abled and Senior Citizens is responsible for the welfare of persons with disabilities in Karnataka. The state has an estimated population of 9,40,643 persons with disabilities in a total population of 61,130,704 people.
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Tamil Nadu has around 1.6 million disabled persons and is the only state with a higher number of women with disability than men . Reservations for persons with disabilities in state services and educational institutions are being provided from 1981 onwards.
The Department for the Welfare of Differently Abled Persons (WDAP) is the main department in the State Government that deals with persons with disabilities. However other departments such as the Department of Social Welfare and Nutritious Meal Programme (SWNMP) and the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) also extend various benefits and issue schemes for the welfare of disabled persons.
According to the 2001 Census, nearly 20,367 persons or 3% of the state population are identified as persons living with disabilities. The responsibility of ensuring the welfare of these persons with disabilities primarily rests with the Social Welfare Division of the Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare Department of the Government of Sikkim. This Government department implements various policies, programmes and schemes aimed at the welfare and empowerment of persons living with disabilities.